Iraqi Army re-capture Ramadi

The Iraqi Army has re-taken Ramadi from Daesh:

ISIS have left the government complex in Ramadi, the last stronghold of the militants in the Iraqi city, after days of fighting Iraqi special forces.

All ISIS fighters have reportedly retreated from the compound, raising hope that government forces will be able to retake the city, which was captured by the jihadist group in May.

Recapturing Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, would be one of the most significant victories for Iraq’s armed forces since ISIS swept across a third of the country in 2014.

‘All Daesh (ISIS) fighters have left. There is no resistance,’ Sabah al-Numan, spokesman of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service, said Sunday.

‘Our forces have surrounded the government complex. They are checking all entrances and surrounding buildings before moving in.  

‘We’re seeing lots of Daesh bodies, killed in the air strikes on the compound,’

‘The operation is almost wrapped up. Our forces will enter in the coming hours,’ Numan added.

Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition air strikes had punched into the city centre on Tuesday,with the fighting over the past two days concentrated around the former government complex.

ISIS fighters had been defending defended with snipers, suicide car bomb attacks and hundreds of roadside bombs and booby traps.

The advance by the government forces had also been hampered by the possible presence of dozens of families trapped in the combat zone and used by IS as human shields.

Shi’ite militias backed by Iran, which have played a major role in other offensive against ISIS, have been kept away by the Iraqi government from the battlefield in Ramadi to avoid sectarian tensions.

If the offensive in Ramadi succeeds, it will be the second main city to be retaken from Islamic State after Tikrit, in April. Officials said it would be handed over to the local police and to a Sunni tribal force once secured.

After Ramadi, the army plans to move to retake the northern city of Mosul, the biggest population centre under Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria.

Looks like our training has been worthwhile.

Time for a larger commitment.

 – Daily Mail

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